Sermons 2015

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November 2015

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson (8:30am service) 22nd November 2015

Today's readings: Daniel 7:9-10,13-14; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Sermon theme:

Who's holding the cards? Elaine explores the Good Friday encounter between Jesus and Pontius Pilate.

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes

Hilary Howes (8:30am service) 15th November 2015

Today's readings: Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8

Sermon theme:

Blood. Hilary contrasts traditional animal sacrifice of the Jewish faith with Jesus' personal sacrifice which is the foundation of Christianity. The early Christians had to challenge the culture in which they lived, as must we.

October 2015

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (8:30am service) 11th October 2015

Sermon theme:

World poverty. Listen to Peter as he gives an address appropriate to our harvest appeal for Christian Aid.

September 2015

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 27th September 2015

Today's readings: James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50

Sermon theme:

Little ones. Read through our passages from James and Mark. Peter considers several aspects of these readings, concluding with care for children in today's context.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 13th September 2015

Today's readings: James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-end.

Sermon theme:

Who do you say I am? Read through our passage from Mark's Gospel before listening to Robert's sermon.

August 2015

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 23rd August 2015

Today's readings: Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

Sermon theme:

Our enemy. Tim tackles the difficult topic of the reality of evil, the evil one and the spiritual conflict resulting.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (6pm service) 16th August 2015

Today's readings: Exodus 2:23-3:10; Hebrews 13:1-15

Sermon theme:

Sex, money, power & suffering. Tim considers the things which can ensnare us and how we should allow God to take hold of us so that we follow Jesus Christ (who is the same yesterday, today & forever).

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 9th August 2015

Today's readings: Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35,41-51

Sermon theme:

Rules for the New Life. Read through our passage from Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Robert explores this reading which considers the topics of lies, anger and theft: contrasted with kindness and forgiveness.

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 2nd August 2015

Today's readings: Job 28; Hebrews 11:17-31

Sermon theme:

Suffering. Read through our passage from Job. Peter continues his study in the second sermon on the topic of suffering.

July 2015

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 26th July 2015

Today's readings: Ephesians 3:14-end; J John 6:1-21

Sermon theme:

Playing out our faith. Do others see the glory of God when they look at the Church?

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh

Peter Welsh (6pm service) 19th July 2015

Today's readings: Job 13:13-14:6; Hebrews 2:5-end

Sermon theme:

Suffering. Read through our passage from Job. Peter considers the difficult topic of suffering.

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton (8:30am service) 12th July 2015

Today's readings: Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

Sermon theme:

Unity. Read through our passage from Paul's letter to the Ephesians (if you have time, read the entire epistle). Trevor explains how unity starts here, with us.

June 2015

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 28th June 2015

Today's readings: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Luke 10:1-12

Sermon theme:

Sent to do God's work. Read our passage from Luke. On her last Sunday with us, Elizabeth reminds us of the sending out of the seventy and what that means for us.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 14th June 2015

Today's readings: 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34

Sermon theme:

Seeds. Robert considers the parables of the growing seed and the mustard seed in our reading from Mark's gospel and their message concerning growth of the Kingdom of God.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 7th June 2015

Today's readings: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-end

Sermon theme:

Heavenly minded. Earthly use? Read our passage from 2 Corinthians, then listen as Tim explains how we need to be heavenly minded.

May 2015

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (6pm service) 24th May 2015

Sermon theme:

Waiting. Tim describes the first Disciples' waiting between Ascension and Pentecost - and the gift of the Holy Spirit on that day - so that we can all live faithfully to fulfill the purpose of the Kingdom.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 24th May 2015

Today's readings: Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27

Sermon theme:

Pentecost. Are you on fire with the Holy Spirit?

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (6pm service) 17th May 2015

Today's readings: Isaiah 61; Luke 4:14-21

Sermon theme:

Do you feel free? Is there something you need to let go of? In Christ you can be set free.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 17th May 2015

Today's readings: Acts 1:15-17,21-end; John 17:6-19

Sermon theme:

Our call to witness. Read through our passage from John's Gospel. Tim explains Jesus' prayer for the disciples in anticipation of the aftermath of Calvary.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (7:30pm service) 14th May 2015

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Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 10th May 2015

Today's readings: 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Mark 12:41-43

Sermon theme:

Generous giving. Read through our bible passages then listen as Robert reflects on reasonable generous giving in the light of the generousity of the widow's offering.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 3rd May 2015

Today's readings: 1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Luke 8:1-3

Sermon theme:

Rejoice in what you have. Read through our passage from 1 Chronicles. Tim considers how all that we have is as a result of God's gifting.

April 2015

Revd Kathryn Herrod

Revd Kathryn Herrod

Kathryn Herrod (8:30am service) 26th April 2015

Today's reading: Luke 10:1-4

Sermon theme:

Why are we here? Kathryn launches the St Leonard's 2015 Promise Program.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 12th April 2015

Today's readings: 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-end

Sermon theme:

Peace be with you. Read through our passage from John's Gospel. Robert explores the passage describing Christ's return to the (locked) upper room on Easter evening.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Elizabeth Wild (6pm service) 5th April 2015

Today's readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Luke 24:13-35

Sermon theme:

Light. Elizabeth considers the light of the risen Christ.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 5th April 2015

Today's readings: Acts 10:34-43; Mark 16; 1-8

Sermon theme:

The Good News of Easter. Read through our passage from Mark's Gospel. Listen as Tim re-tells the story of Easter Morning and reminds us of all this means.

Good Friday 2015
Reflections at the foot of the cross

Betrayal

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Denial

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Judgement

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Mocking

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Burden

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Crucifixion

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March 2015

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 29th March 2015

Today's readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-end; Mark 11:1-11

Sermon theme:

Journey. Read through our passage from Mark's Gospel. Elizabeth invites us to join Jesus Christ in his journey through Holy Week.

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 15th March 2015

Today's readings: Exodus 2:1-10; Luke 2:33-35

Sermon theme:

Mothering. Read through our Old and New Testament readings then listen to Elizabeth's exploration of the theme of Mothering on this Mothering Sunday.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 1st March 2015

Today's readings: Isaiah 54; Matthew 16:15-19

Sermon theme:

Called to Grow and Go. Read through our passage from Isaiah. This is the fifth sermon in the series from the latter part of the book of Isaiah. Tim considers the message: "Do not be afraid". We are called to spread the Gospel to all.

February 2015

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 22nd February 2015

Today's readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Mark 15:25-39

Sermon theme:

The Suffering Servant. Read through both our passage from Mark and our passage from Isaiah. This is the fourth sermon in the series from the latter part (or "Gospel" chapters) of the book of Isaiah. Tim continues with the message that Christ has died for us all.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 15th February 2015

Today's readings: Isaiah 49:8-50:3; John 10:1-18

Sermon theme:

God's love. Read through our passage from Isaiah. This is the third sermon in the series from the latter part (or "Gospel" chapters) of the book of Isaiah. Tim reminds us of the permanence of God's relationship with us.

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton

Trevor Hatton (8:30am service) 8th February 2015

Today's readings: Proverbs 8:1,22-31; John 1:1-14

Sermon theme:

The Word. Read through our passage from John's Gospel. Trevor gives us his interpretation of this familiar reading.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 1st February 2015

Today's readings: Isaiah 49:1-7; Matthew 28:18-20

Sermon theme:

Servant songs. Read through our passage from Isaiah, the second servant song. Tim continues the "Gospel" chapters of the book of Isaiah and introduces the servant songs.

January 2015

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 25th January 2015

Today's readings: Isaiah 40:9-31; John 10:1-6

Sermon theme:

Renewal. Read through our passage from Isaiah. Tim reflects on the temporary nature of empires and how we should put our trust in God - consider verse 31. (With apologies for technical issues.)

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild

Elizabeth Wild (8:30am service) 18th January 2015

Today's readings: Revelation 5:1-10; John 1:43-end

Sermon theme:

Worthiness. Read through our passage from Revelation and keep the page open while you listen to the sermon. Elizabeth considers the passage describing the scroll and the lamb.

Rev Robert Breckles

Rev Robert Breckles

Robert Breckles (8:30am service) 11th January 2015

Today's readings: Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Sermon theme:

The baptism of Jesus. Read through our passage from Mark's Gospel. Robert explores the passage describing Christ's baptism.

Reverend Canon Tim Pullen

Revd Tim Pullen

Tim Pullen (8:30am service) 4th January 2015

Today's readings: Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon theme:

Magi. Read through our passage from Matthew's Gospel. Tim expands on the visit from the three wise men.